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  • The unborn baby spends around 38 weeks in the uterus, but the average length of pregnancy, or gestation, is counted at 40 weeks.
  • Pregnancy is counted from the first day of the woman’s last period, not the date of conception which generally occurs two weeks later.
  • Since some women are unsure of the date of their last menstruation (perhaps due to period irregularities), a baby is considered full term if its birth falls between 37 to 42 weeks of its estimated due date.

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Reviewed on: 31-08-2014